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January 2, 2010

FLOYD COUNTY HOME: From watermelon farmhouse to modern abode

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There’s plenty of room to belly-laugh, not only inside the house, but outside the kitchen on the spacious shaded deck. Robles extended the original deck, making room for a table and additional chairs. She also had a concrete patio poured at the rear of the house, wrapping around from the deck to her hot tub. A privacy fence encloses the area.

“When we first took the original fence down, the neighbors said the back yard looked so much nicer without it,” says Robles. “I agreed.” Relocating the privacy fence affords Robles a wide-open back yard bordered by shade trees, leaving lots of sun-filled patches for a future garden spot.

Robles did much of the remodeling and “This Old House” maintenance herself.

“Sometimes I like to rent tools just to see how they work,” she confesses. “We’ve jack hammered the basement now,” she laughs, explaining how the process sent vibrations through her grown son’s body. “I like to hire contractors that let me do some of the work, as well,” Robles says. “That way I learn a lot.”

At the end of the day, Robles’ comfy master bedroom awaits her. Decorated in darker tones from the warm end of the palette, the deep reds and rusts harmonize well with the working fireplace, neutral carpet, and houseplants. Contemporary artwork decks the walls in the private retreat.

Robles chose colors to use throughout the home from pieces of artwork, or signature furnishings. She then accessorizes the room accordingly. Sometimes her first impulse isn’t the right one. “I like how they call those little cans of paint ‘auditions,’” she says. “Sometimes you’ve got to get the color on the wall before you know if you like it.”

While Robles has completely redone the entryway and several other rooms of the house, it’s still a work-in-progress. Plans for overhauling her pantry, office nook, and second bathroom are beginning to come together, while she leaves her mind open for how to assemble a media room from a former bedroom, and a bedroom suite in the rear of the house. Between retiling the bathrooms and choosing new paint colors, Robles is content to enjoy her achievements while the rest of the house takes shape in her imagination.

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